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Enjoy the Rain

A few years ago Australia had its worst drought on record.
It was a scary time for all those affected.

By 1995 the drought had spread to many parts of Australia and by 2003.
It was recognised as the worst on record.
Most Australian mainland capital cities faced a major water crisis with less than 50% of water storage remaining.
Australia had previously relied solely on water from dams for agriculture and consumption.
The drought changed the way Australia treated its water resources.
The Prime Minister announced on 19 April 2007 that unless there was substantial rain in the next six weeks no water would be allocated to farmers for the coming year.
The result of this would have directly affected 50,000 farmers and the economy.

Electricity shortages may also have occurred if the Snowy Mountains Scheme had been forced to shut down its hydroelectric generators.
Many towns were close to running out of water.
Some towns did run out!
All the cities introduced water restrictions.

It’s amazing what a shortage of water can do; it can shut down a nation.
It changed our thinking, now we live with on-going water restrictions and we accept them as normal.
In the past we had unlimited use of water to wash our cars and water our gardens.
Now we have special days for doing those jobs.
In the drought, people’s behaviour changed.
Neighbours reported their neighbours to the local council if they saw them watering their gardens… because there was a total water ban.

The normal became abnormal.

We discovered that our water supply was not unlimited.

Since the drought we have had floods and to release excess water from the dams some councils gave their communities free water days.
On the television news that night there were pictures of these “blessed” people going “crazy” with their garden hoses.
For a day there were no limits and they took advantage of this in a big way.
Laughing, shouting, smiling…it was an artificial revival.
They were filling all their spare containers and their swimming pools and fish ponds.
They were squirting each other. It was a refreshing on a large scale.

Other councils were not as generous and even though they had excess water at the time, they kept the restrictions in place.
Sometimes rules and regulations are the problem rather than a lack of water.
While some communities had free water days other communities kept a tight hold on their water because those in authority decided to block the flow.
The bureaucrats were in charge and no way were they going to let people have a free water day.
Some government officials are by nature practical and conservative people and therefore well suited to the job of looking after budgets and buildings.
But when the choice comes down to people having fun and saving money or water.
Guess which way they go?
I don’t blame them, as you have to be wise.

The extremes for rain are drought and flood.
Farmers would prefer regular rain they can rely on, as they plan how much seed to sow and what animals to keep.
People want their milk and bread fresh every day.
People need regular times of refreshing.
We need holidays and peaceful weekends.

Rain and the feeling of refreshing are also associated.
It rains and we get refreshed, this is a common experience for people who have gone through a dry time or a drought.

You might have a rich relative who blesses you financially from time to time.
If that relative comes to live in your house with you, there will probably be more blessing on a more consistent basis.

But if you have a rich relative who is not generous.
When they visit, there will be no refreshing.
Their heart is closed.

After the Great Depression and World war Two.
Some people never recovered from the fear of poverty.
It was hard for them to be generous.
They had been taught not to waste anything.
This is wise.
But they were not a lot of fun to be around.
They had suffered great loss and life was not funny.

Let us go back to the story of the local councils.
After the drought was finished and rain had fallen around Australia.
Some government areas had an abundance of water.
As I explained earlier.
Since the drought we have had floods and to release excess water from the dams some councils gave their communities free water days.
On the television news that night there were pictures of these “blessed” people going “crazy” with their garden hoses.
For a day there were no limits and they took advantage of this in a big way.
Laughing, shouting, smiling…it was an artificial revival.
They were filling all their spare containers and their swimming pools and fish ponds.
They were squirting each other. It was a refreshing on a large scale.

Other councils were not as generous and even though they had excess water at the time, they kept the restrictions in place.
Sometimes rules and regulations are the problem rather than a lack of water.
While some communities had free water days other communities kept a tight hold on their water because those in authority decided to block the flow.

Yes, sometimes rules are the problem.
And behind the rule there is an attitude.
Generous people are willing to break the rules.
Stingy people like to keep the rules.
Just in case.
If the question is about right and wrong, the accountants will always win.
They can see another drought on the horizon.

Generous people also know there may be another drought on the way.
That is why they want to celebrate the good times.

Because they also understand that the good times are temporary.
So they vote to release the water and let the community enjoy themselves.

What situation are you in right now.?

If you are in a drought, watch out because a flood is coming.
If you are in a flood, beware of the drought.

Permission to enjoy your life is your choice, no-one can make the decision for you.
If you find it hard to break the rules because you are worried about the future.
That is okay.
If you are always breaking the rules and not planning for the future.
That is okay.

The mystery that catches us out is the mystery of change.
We all change as we grow older.
We change in ways that are hard to predict.
One day you are a rule breaker and suddenly you want keep all the rules.
Reckless to responsible.
Here is the rule that cannot be broken.

You are getting older and you cannot reverse it.

As an older person talking to a younger person.
Here is my advice.

Keep the future in mind, but when it rains, give yourself permission to enjoy the moment.
It may never pass your way again.

Tony Egar.